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5 Ways to Perfection #245
A singular and fresh addition to the teachings of Indian dharma, the Five Ways to Perfection can be shocking to the aspirant upon first hearing. Who would have known, first of all, that all worlds lie within oneself, and secondly, that they do so in the four conditions of waking, dreaming, deep sleep, and transcendence. Knowing this first (see companion chart #34, Four States of Consciousness), then this teaching of Sri Ramakrishna on the Five Perfections can be more easily comprehended. The aspiring soul who encounters forms of Reality in dream sleep, in the dream of waking life, in the reception of grace, through the act of disciplining the self, etc., can see and reach perfection inside of one lifetime, if not earlier.